AROUND THE TIME that Dublin bus drivers sat down without driving, a Serbian union official chopped off his finger and ate it in a protest over wages that in some cases have not been paid in years. The Serb, Zoran Bulatovic, said he did it to show how desperate he and other workers were. "We, the workers have nothing to eat, we had to seek some sort of alternative food and I gave them an example," Zoran Bulatovic told Reuters. "It hurt like hell." Bulatovic is a union leader at the Raska Holding textile factory in Novi Pazar in southwest Serbia. He used a hacksaw to cut off most of his left-hand little finger last Friday. Bulatovic said he decided to act after his deputy, "a single mother of three, was the first to say she would cut off her finger. I could not allow her to do that," he said.